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Hospital Installs System to Manage Its Inventory

Magazine article Drug Topics

Hospital Installs System to Manage Its Inventory

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TECHNOLOGY

A new pharmacy supply and operating room automation system by Omnicell will soon be installed at Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Ga. The system is expected to help the hospital improve patient safety, reduce workloads, manage inventory, increase supply chain efficiency, and decrease costs. Omnicell, headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., provides integrated supply chain and medication management solutions for healthcare facilities.

The Omnicell system consists of computerized drug and supply cabinets that will be installed over the next three months in every patient care area of the hospital. Each of these cabinets is code-protected, giving health professionals access to drugs or other medical items. The cabinets will dispense only one dose or item at a time, and once the medicine or supply item is removed, the computer adjusts its inventory to reflect the change. The system "real-time charges," which means that patient accounts are charged for drugs or supplies at the time they are dispensed, thus creating a record of each product that is delivered.

Robert Purcell, director of pharmaceutical services at Floyd Medical Center, predicted that the Omnicell system would reduce the amount of time involved in many hospital procedures.

"It will help us have a quicker turnaround time of medications and supplies to our patients," he said. "It will also increase revenue through more accurate charge capture, at the same time decreasing the amount of time some ancillary departments spend doing manual charges. It will decrease the time nursing spends accounting for medications, as well as the time spent tracking down medications and medication orders." This will help healthcare professionals analyze pharmaceutical and supply usage and make better decisions on purchasing and inventory levels.

Purcell explained that Omnicell's edge over competing products in the market stems from its overall utility. …

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